The Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) and Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) have moved to new offices.
This month, both MCBC and PTAC have relocated from their previous home on the Cal State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) campus into the UC MBEST Center, Suite 102, 3180 Imjin Road, Marina, CA 93933. The mailing address remains P.O. Box 2746, Monterey, CA 93942.
According to MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington, the new location at the UC MBEST Center offers ample free parking, high-tech conference room/meeting space and a more centralized location for much of the county, with quicker access to Salinas and other points.
"MCBC is extremely thankful to the CSUMB campus for our co-location with iiED as it grew out of its infancy. The excitement we share with a growing campus is beyond words," said MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel. "That being said, they need more space, we need more space with the growth of PTAC and other programs, and UC MBEST has been totally underutilized. Our new offices will give the MBEST center exposure it desperately needs, give MCBC a more accessible location in the county, and provide the staff with a more workable space."
Please note that while the MCBC's permanent phone number remains (831) 883-9943 and should forward calls, the new main office number is now (831) 216-3000.
Monterey Regional Waste Management District names new general manager
Tim Flanagan has been named general manager of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District (BCM), by the district’s board of directors. Flanagan will direct the award-winning MRWMD facilities and Monterey Peninsula Landfill. He had served as the district's assistant general manager since February 2005 and has more than 33 years of diverse experience in the public and private sectors of waste management, with a concentration on recycling. He was hired after a nationwide search conducted by a recruiting firm.
Flanagan succeeds William Merry, who recently retired after 28 years with the district, having served as district engineer, assistant general manager and general manager. Flanagan had served as interim general manager since Merry retired.
In 2014, Flanagan was named Municipal Member of the Year by the Gold Rush Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Flanagan’s decades-long commitment to recycling began not long after he started in 1982 as solid waste/recycling manager for the city of Palo Alto. He worked on one of the first curbside recycling collection programs in the United States in a time before there were any recycling trucks. Flanagan has remained devoted to recycling and helped make it a key component of the Monterey Peninsula Landfill.
He has also held management positions in Santa Clara County, for Waste Management, the world’s largest waste collector and hauler, and for other firms others in the private sector.
He has a bachelor’s degree from UC-Santa Barbara in Public Policy and Economics with an emphasis on Urban Planning and has done graduate work in Public Administration.
A native of San Francisco, Flanagan and his wife, Anita, make their home in Prunedale.
Monterey County wines will get their due with new labeling law
Monterey County's small winemakers got a boost this week when Gov. Jerry Bown signed into law a bill that requires wines produced in Monterey County to be labeled as such.
The bill, AB 394, was authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) and will help increase consumer awareness about the wines produced in Monterey County.
Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles already have in place similar labeling standards.
“Winemaking is an important sector of our local Monterey County economy. Vintners and vineyards provide jobs, attract tourists, and create high-quality products that make our region special,” said Stone. “This new law will help small and locally owned businesses and will help promote our county’s wines around the world.”
“The addition of Monterey County to wine labels will contribute to increased consumer recognition of our high quality wines,” said Kim Stemler, executive director of the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association. “Monterey County already has tremendous positive international renown and regard as a tourism and cultural location. In this increasingly competitive wine market, building brand awareness of the Monterey County wine region is a critical success factor.”
The new law will go into effect Jan. 1.
Source: The Salinas Californian
Housing proposal: A reasoned approach to critical housing, workforce shortages
Kudos to the Monterey County Planning Commission for its approval of Tanimura & Antle's proposal to address critical housing and workforce shortages in the local agricultural industry.
At its July 29 meeting, the commission gave resounding approval to the project, which calls for eight, two-story buildings with 100 units on a 4.5-acre site at the Spreckels Industrial Park. Up to eight workers would live in 900-square-foot apartments during the eight-month harvest season starting in April each year.
The problems run deep: The region's housing costs have soared, demand far exceeds supply for housing, and according to Tanimura & Antle, "2015 was the first year that the company did not have a wait list for seasonal employment opportunities in Salinas. With a looming labor shortage throughout much of the produce industry, positions at Tanimura & Antle went unfilled this year."
If you missed it, check out MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington's thoughtful commentary, "&A housing project would fill critical need," which appeared in The Monterey Herald.
The issue of affordable housing was a central theme at the Monterey County Business Council’s third annual Monterey Bay Regional Critical Conversation on June 18, writes Turlington. The region's dearth of affordable housing threatens to derail local growth.
The Monterey County region has never encountered such difficult affordability issues, while human resource directors representing agriculture, hospitality and advancing manufacturing reported that their recruitment efforts are severely impacted by housing inventory levels in all three counties hitting record lows and the corresponding rise in rental costs, according to Leslie-Appleton-Young, Chief Economist for the California Association of Realtors, a keynote speaker at the Regional Critical Conversation.
High housing costs lead our region’s workforce, particularly in the hospitality and agricultural sectors, to either live farther and farther away from their workplace, with the increased traffic and environmental impacts, or to pay too much to live in overcrowded, unsafe and unsanitary conditions. It is these market realities that, among other things, led Pebble Beach Co. to propose a 24-unit affordable housing on its property adjacent to Pacific Grove’s Del Monte Park neighborhood and Tanimura & Antle to propose a 100-unit farmworker housing project on its property in Spreckels. Despite both projects being wholly located on company-owned land, both projects have been met with loud opposition, some centered on the often valid concerns of water, trees and traffic, but a closer look reveals the bulk of the criticism is usually NIMBY-ism and, in some cases, thinly veiled racism and/or classism.
Larry Silva, human resources director for Tanimura & Antle, announced their project at the June 18 Regional Critical Conversation. Mr. Silva explained that Salinas Valley growers struggle with a severe labor shortage that results in fields being taken out of production. The project will help address this labor shortage.
The Monterey County Business Council applauds Tanimura & Antle for taking the lead in meeting a regional need for safe, clean, secure farmworker housing and joins CHISPA, the Center for Community Advocacy, and others in supporting the project.
The Monterey County Business Council urges others to publicly support Tanimura & Antle’s proposed project. This is an important step forward in addressing the serious problem of the lack of clean, safe, quality, affordable housing for our agricultural community.
Please take time to become informed, if you haven't already done so, by checking out Turlington's commentary.
Navigating Car Week
Car Week is one of the most heralded events on the Monterey Peninsula, but its influx of cars and crowds can be a challenge to those trying to navigate the region.
The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and partner cities have put together “Your Personal Guide to Navigating Car Week” to help you enjoy Car Week and anticipate any delays.
The traffic report covers road closures, shuttle information, and traffic tips to ensure a smoother event for residents and a more welcoming experience for visitors.
Click here for traffic related reports that include information on road closures, shuttles, and events. For general information on Car Week, click here.
Two additional resources can be found on the Pebble Beach events page and the Monterey Car Week website.
Car Week brings big tourism dollars
The thousands of visitors that flock to the region have a big financial impact: An estimated 85,000 visitors came to the area last year and spent $53.5 million, contributing $4.8 million in local taxes, according to a study from San Francisco-based Destination Analysts for the visitors bureau.
Nearly 60 percent, are from outside the area.
Tax revenue mainly came from sales taxes but also $1.4 million in hotel taxes.
Source: Monterey County Herald
Services planned for Jack Van Zander, former MCBC board member
Former Monterey County Business Council board member Jack Van Zander, 81, passed away July 25 at his Carmel Valley home after a long struggle with ALS. One of the Monterey County Business Council's founding members, he enjoyed a four-decades-long career at Bestor Engineers (BCM) during which he was involved in many local projects from Pebble Beach to Fort Ord, the Preserve to many other large land holdings.
In addition to membership in the American Society of Professional Engineers, Mr. Van Zander was an active member of the Monterey Bay community as a board member of the Cal Alumni Association, Monterey College of Law (BCM), Monterey County Business Council and Boy Scouts of America.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Madeline; his brother Glen; his daughter JoEllen and husband, David Stoffel; and grandchildren, Lauren, Alex, and Jack.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22nd at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Carmel, with a reception immediately following.
A Cal Alumni scholarship will be started in his name (Cal Alumni Club of the Monterey Peninsula Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 221392, Carmel, CA 93923).
Read more about this devoted member of the Monterey Bay community in his obituary in The Monterey Herald.
CalChamber offers legislative guide
Want an easy way to keep track of California's elected officials? California Chamber of Commerce has an updated version of its Legislative Pictorial Roster, available for download on its website. Listed as both a pictorial guide and index, the directory lists each official's district, geographical region and contact info. Check it out at CalChamber's website.
Clinica de Salud awarded $920,000 in Affordable Care funding
Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (BCM) has been awarded $920,833, as part of the granting by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of an additional $29.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding to California community health centers.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the funding for 48 new health center sites in California for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for 337,146 patients.
Source: Salinas Californian
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